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27 Cards in this Set

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Branch Banking
A business practice whereby a single, large bank conducts business from several locations.
Budget Deficit
The amount of money by which annual budget expenditures exceed annual budget receipts.
Budget Execution Authority
The Power to cut agency spending or transfer money between agencies during the period when the legislature is not in session.
Christian Coalition
A conservative Christian organization.
Civil Liberties
The protection of the individual from the unrestricted power of the government.
Constitutional Law
Law that involves the interpretation and application of the constitution.
Constitutional Revision
The process of drafting a new constitution.
Dedicated Funds
Constitutional or statutory provisions that set aside revenue for particular purposes.
Dedicated Highway Fund
A constitutionally earmarked account containing money set aside for building, maintaining, and policing state highways.
Edgewood v. Kirby
A lawsuit filed by a number of poor school districts, including the Edgewood ISD in San Antonio, against the state's system of educational finance.
Equal Protection of the Law
The legal principle that state laws may not arbitrarily discriminate against persons.
Federal Preemption of State Authority
An Act of Congress adopting regulatory policies that overrule state policies in a particular regulatory area.
General Obligation Bonds
Certificates of indebtedness that must be repaid from general revenues.
An organization of farmers that influenced the content of the Texas Constitution in 1875.
Legal residence.
Initiative Process
A procedure available in some states and citied whereby citizens can propose the adoption of a policy measure by gathering a prerequisite number of signatures. Voters must then approve the measure before it can take effect.
Jacksonian Democracy
The view that the right to vote should be extended to all adult male citizens and that all government offices of any importance should be filled by election.
Local-option Elections
Elections held to determine whether an area will legalize the sale of alcoholic beverages.
Long Ballot
An election system that provides for the election of nearly every public official of any significance.
Party Platform
A statement of party principles and issue positions.
Permanent University Fund
Money constitutionally set aside as an endowment to finance construction, maintenance, and some other activities at UT and A&M, and other institutions in these two university systems.(H)
Plural Executive
The division of executive power among several elected officials.
Property Tax
Taxes levied on the value of real property, such as land and buildings.
Radical Republicans
Members of the Republican Party that wanted sweeping social change to take place in the South after the Civil War.
Robin Hood Plan
A reform of the state's school finance system designed to increase funding for poor school districts by redistributing money from wealthy districts.
Statutory Law
Law made by a legislature.
The right to vote.